Victim identified in Redding homicide investigation

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has identified the man killed in a Redding homicide on Wednesday.

Posted: Feb 14, 2019 4:39 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 12:35 PM

UPDATE 12:32 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has identified the man killed in a Redding homicide on Wednesday. 

The victim has been identified as Richard Westley Maxion, 69, of Redding. 

Authorities say that Kody James Smith, 30, of Redding, killed Maxion along with his two dogs on Wednesday. 

The incident is still under investigation. 


REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Police Department arrested a suspect who told police that he shot a man and his two dogs on Tuesday.

On Feb. 13 at around 10:28 p.m., dispatch received a call from Kody James Smith, 30, of Redding, who told them that he had killed someone at his residence at 8282 Equestrian Drive, Redding. 

Smith told dispatchers that he shot the victim and two dogs that belonged to them. 

He was detained as soon as officers arrived at the scene. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died at the hospital. The identity of the victim has not been released. 

Smith was booked into Shasta County Jail for murder charges. 

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135. 

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